Our Staff:

  • Chuck Kanski
  • Christine Chovan
  • Rob Bonelli
  • Matt Locher
  • Vanessa Lisovskis
  • Bill Crutchfield
  • Pierre Rabbia
  • Joe Cassell
  • Mark Seaberg
  • Sean La Bonty
  • Melissa Gilbertson

Chuck Kanski

Chuck Kanski

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Industry Experience: since 1993
Favorite Wine Region: Tempranillo from Spain

Favorite Wine Experience: "Top wine memory was drinking a 60 year old Gran Reserva Rioja from Vina Bosconia with some friends. It was fresh and tangy, the wine just kept getting better and better all night!"

Christine Chovan

Christine Chovan

Zodiac Sign: Libra
Industry Experience: since 1994
Favorite Wine Region: Southern Italy and Rhone Valley, France

Favorite Wine Experience: "One of my most memorable wine experiences is probably visiting a group of Italian producers in 2006. Amazing experience."

Rob Bonelli

Rob Bonelli

Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Industry Experience: since 2003
Favorite Wine Region: Mosel, Loire Valley, Green Spain

Favorite Wine Experience: "Most memorable experience was having dinner with Gilles Jayer near his estate in Burgundy while drinking his wine and enjoying steak frites."

Matt Locher

Matt Locher

Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Industry Experience: since 2003
Favorite Wine Region: Grenache based Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Favorite Wine Experience: "I recently visited the Muga winery in Haro, Spain, Muga is my favorite Rioja producer. From what I remember, the wine was excellent."

Vanessa Lisovskis

Vanessa Lisovskis

Zodiac Sign: Leo
Industry Experience: since 1997
Favorite Wine Region: Rhone Valley

Favorite Wine Experience: "My top wine moment was drinking Primitivo out of clay pitchers while living in Puglia."

Bill Crutchfield

Bill Crutchfield

Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Industry Experience: since 1995
Favorite Wine Region: Cotes du Rhone

Favorite Wine Experience: "My memorable wine moment is having lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Loire Valley in France with a winery owner and going through six vintages of his wine."

Pierre Rabbia

Pierre Rabbia

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Industry Experience: since 1984
Favorite Wine Region: Southern Rhone and Languedoc (home sweet home)

Favorite Wine Experience: "My top wine moment was winning best sommelier of Paris competition 1986 (tied at 1st place with best sommelier of France)."

Joe Cassell

Joe Cassell

Zodiac Sign: Leo
Industry Experience: since 1995
Favorite Wine Region: Bordeaux

Favorite Wine Experience: "I once serendipitously came across the annual Zurich Wine Festival, which takes place on ships that sail into the Zurichsee. Many delicious wines were served with fondue and raclette and the views of the Swiss mountains were spectacular."

Mark Seaberg

Mark Seaberg

Zodiac Sign: Aires
Industry Experience: since 1974
Favorite Wine Region: Burgundy, Champagne and Northwest Italy

Favorite Wine Experience: "My memorable experience was hearing stories from a partner of Kermint Lynch's in a little restaurant in Ketchum, Idaho."

Sean La Bonty

Sean La Bonty

Zodiac Sign: Aires
Industry Experience: since 1982
Favorite Wine Region: Southern Rhone region of France

Favorite Wine Experience: "Enjoying a wonderful bottle of the 2001 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape over dinner at La Belle Vie on my fourth wedding anniversary "

Melissa Gilbertson

Melissa Gilbertson

Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Industry Experience: since 2008
Favorite Wine Region: Barolo from Italy

Favorite Wine Experience: "My memorable wine experience had to be stepping out of our rented mini-van in Napa. It had rained all day and the sun was setting behind the mountains. It splashed beautiful color across the sky that contrasted with the mangled twisting of the vines in the valley. It took my breath away."